Where & how to get started using QR Codes

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522

QR codes

 

Enjoyed the discussions around our post yesterday about Marketing with QR codes.  It sparked quite a few questions, emails and calls.  So I thought I’d try and answer a few of them this morning...

Let’s start at the beginning....  if you have a smartphone you’ll need to download a QR code reader.  Just Google ‘QR readers’ and you’ll find lots to look into but here’s a few for the more popular phones...  they are easy to use once you have them on your phone - you just hold your phone over the funny looking box and voila - the info will show up on you phone...  

Where to get scanners for YOUR phone?  

  • iPhone QR Scanner (free)  download from the iTunes Store
  • Android Barcode Scanner (free) head to the ‘Market’ app on your phone.  Do a search on ‘barcode scanner’ - install
  • Nokia - Nokia Barcode Scanner (free) some phones come with the scanner installed if not head to their website
  • Blackberry  - Blackberry Messenger (free) if you don’t already have the BBM you can download from their website


Once you have your phone set up the next step is to consider where and what you are going to use your QR codes for.

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, if you are going to use a code on your real estate marketing material a great place to start is with RealBird.  They have already done the work for you.  Once you upload your listing, their system automatically generates a QR code with the url for your listing.  It’s pretty cool in that it will adjust the return to the device .  

But as I also mentioned there are other ways to use QR codes.  But just where to go to get your own QR code generated?  Again there are quite a few places to choose from and if you Google ‘QR Code generators’ you’ll come up with a whole list of suggestions.  

I’d like to share one that I think is pretty cool for a couple of reasons.  It’s called myqr.co.  Reason I like this one is that it allows you to choose either a URL or a vCard for the QR Code.  You can play around with different colors, and even track the useage.   Here’s a quick summary on how I use it....

I forgot to mention you can also generate a QR Code for a map from myQR.com.  

Do you have another favorite code generating site?  Let me know...  

Sure hope this helps to answer some of the questions concerning QR Codes.  

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Rainmaker
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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
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Hi Lee and Pamela,

Thanks for the post.

Very complete and detailed.

You reminded me that I had not downloaded a bar code scanner on my newest Android that I got a couple of days ago...

Thanks

PHil

June 26, 2011 10:09 AM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Good Morning, Lee and Pamela.  Thanks for sharing this great information on QR codes. I just got a new Samsung Droid Charge phone, and my FREE QR code reader was called "Scan Life".

You pointed out some great sources to use, and I can't wait to get started today. You might want to add Google URL Shortner for keeping track of all those clicks to your QR codes. http://goo.gl/

Also, I have found QR Code Generator to be quite useful too. That link is http://www.qrstuff.com.

I am bookmarking this post and I already hit suggest too.

June 26, 2011 10:21 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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You're very welcome Phil, are you using QR Codes now?  I like the barcode scanner for the DroidX, works really well.
Pamela

June 26, 2011 10:21 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Thanks Jerry, good reminder about the shortened url ~ I use bit.ly.  I think I had looked at qrstuff once before but need to head over there.  Thanks for the info! and for the suggest ~ :)
Pamela

June 26, 2011 10:24 AM
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Jeremy Wrenn
President, Wrenn Home Improvements
Wrenn Home Improvements

Pamela, the QR code I have so far I got from Google Places.  I'm still unfamiliar enough with QR codes that I didn't realize I could do more with them!

I'll have to check out some of the options you talked about in the near future.  Thanks!

June 26, 2011 11:05 AM
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Kathy Sheehan
Branch Manager
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021

I haven't been schooled in this latest techolog. Thank you so much for the steo by step directions.  I will put this on my list of things to do for today.

June 26, 2011 11:07 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Thanks Jeremy.  I was wondering do you do any mailings to advertise your services?  You could use the QR code on the postcards/flyers pointing to your website (especially the before and after pics!)

Let us know how it goes for your Kathy.  There's some great ideas here in the rain on using the codes!
Pamela

June 26, 2011 11:50 AM
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Jeremy Wrenn
President, Wrenn Home Improvements
Wrenn Home Improvements

Pamela, I don't do any mailings currently, but will keep it in mind to use them in print media.  I have sticky pads that we pass out as well as business cards, so I may consider putting the QR codes there.

Thanks for the idea!

June 26, 2011 12:07 PM
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Rebekah Radice
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency

GREAT explanation on the basics of getting started with QR codes Pamela!  The top questions I'm asked are "how do you read them" and "where do you find the software."  I'll now be pointing those people to your blog!

June 26, 2011 12:18 PM
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties

Thanks for sharing and I think I understaood what I have to do. That is a lot of inforamtion to digest. I will have to start and see what happens. 

Thanks for commenting on my blog pertaining to the CLUE report. That report could be invaluable for stoping a client from making a huge mistake.

June 26, 2011 12:29 PM
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Donna Malone
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals

Lee and Pamela, What a great list of support information for finding and using information regarding code generators and readers.

June 26, 2011 02:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN

You're always sharing such great tips and training for us! Love your video training on myQR.co and being able to change colors and use the analytics. Off to check out ARTips now!

June 26, 2011 04:25 PM
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Toni Weidman
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
Re/Max Sunset Realty

I've just recentely started playing with them, Pamela. Thanks for the tips.

June 27, 2011 08:19 AM
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Debb Janes
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
The Carl Group, LLC

Very nicely done Pamela. A very thoughtful and helpful guide for QR codes...I love the color options - thanks.

June 28, 2011 12:19 PM
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